Many people may only attend services on special holidays or days of sacred obligation. Jane Gross, a single New Yorker now in her 60s, relays her own story of trying to reconnect with community for the Days of Awe and finding new comfort in her solitude on Yom Kippur.
From allowing ourselves to move on from the ephemeral to refreshing our relationships with our loved ones, colleagues, and ourselves, writings on embracing change and allowing ourselves to grow.
For the Jewish High Holy Days, two poems by Esther Cohen paired with photography from Matthew Septimus. They offer words that sound like music, and postcards that become visual prayers and emblems of hope.
Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish year, is an occasion of hope and renewal. On the eve of this holy holiday, a soul-searching reflection through the metaphor of writing letters — to others, to God, and to oneself.
During the High Holy Days, a daughter remembers her father and the blessing he was as he aged — with memory and a poem.
Loving Tablet Magazine's humorous approach to the High Holy Days. A few of our favorites...
A joyful lamentation over sealed spaces and the lessons Rosh Hashanah — and the High Holy Days — teaches when we have access to the gifts of our natural environment.
Two thoroughly humorous and enriching animated shorts on teshuva (repentance) + slicha (forgiveness) from artist Hanan Harchol
Sometimes it takes the simple, kind words of a Somali woman to remind us of all to be treasured during these times.
Apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah? How about carp and gefilte fish and a storybook.
An excellent reflection on the playlist for "Days of Awe."